London Lite Wednesday, 28 October 2009 7 MILITANTS SAID MASSACRE WAS TO DESTABILISE ELECTION Herosfundwillhelptheyoung 80victimsofcar bombambush A TALIBAN suicide squad disguised as police massacred at least six United Nations staff as they slept in a guest house today. Three gunmen overwhelmed security guards in Afghanistans capital Kabul before opening fire in the dawn raid. One of the dead was an American. Nine other people were injured. It was the worst attack on the UN in the country since the rout of the Taliban in 2001 and was an attempt to destabilise presidential elections that take place next week. The nationalities of the other UN fatalities are unknown but no British citizens were thought to be involved. The three militants were later shot dead. Two Afghan security forces and a civilian also died. A volley of rockets also landed in the grounds of the citys five-star Serena hotel, which is used by foreigners. Hundreds of guests were evacuated into bunkers. UN spokesman Adrian Edwards said 20 foreign staff were living at the private Bekhtar guest house. Gunmen with assault rifles and suicide vests used hand grenades to overwhelm guards before enter- ing the building around 5.30am. A witness said: At 6.30am two people jumped off a balcony. About 15 minutes later a man and a woman came out the other side of the building and jumped on to a neighbours roof. They were being shot at while trying to leave a burn- ing building. It sounded like they were clearing the building room by room. A former British soldier nearby said: It sounded like a well organised attack. The Taliban said the attacks were the start of a campaign to disrupt next Saturdays presidential run- off, called after UN-backed auditors found widespread fraud in votes for President Hamid Karzai in August. A FOUNDATION in memory of a London soldier killed in Afghanistan will be launched with a massive fundraising event tomorrow night. Lieutenant Mark Evison, 26, from Dulwich, was fatally wounded in May while leading his platoon from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards under heavy fire. Friends and family have set up the Mark Evison Foundation to celebrate his life and encourage the personal development of people aged 16 to 30 through pushing their physical and mental boundaries. It will be launched at Dulwich College -- his old school -- with a fundraiser including live music and an auction of promises. A HUGE car bomb killed at least 80 people in Pakistans north-west city of Peshawar today. The explosion coincides with the start of a three- day trip to the country by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She was in the capital Islamabad, about three hours drive away. Latest reports said more than 100 people were injured in the blast with more casualties expected. Islamic militants have struck numerous times in Pakistan this month, killing more than 200 people in retaliation for the army offensive against their north-west strongholds along the Afghan border. Fighting has raged in South Waziristan as the army tries to break the hold of militants. Thousands of civilians have been injured and fled the violence. Mrs Clinton said the offensive was necessary not only for Pakistans security but for the US and the wider world. I give the Pakistani government and military high marks for taking them on, she said. Clearly these people are allies in a network of terrorism that includes alQaeda. Mrs Clinton said her visit is intended to convey the Obama administrations support for Pakistan. BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN Memorial: Lt Mark Evison Under attack: an Afghan policeman carries an injured foreigner to safety POST YOUR iBLOG REVIEWS AT thisislondon.co.uk/lite 1 The Twilight Saga (New Moon Exclusive) 2 Frankie Boyle: Mock The Week Musings (Frankie Boyle) 3 Friday Night Comedy From BBC4 (BBC Radio 4) 4 Jack Dee (Jack Dee) 5 Best Of Chris Moyles Enhanced (BBC Radio 1) 6 Adam And Joe (BBC Radio 6) 7 The Ricky Gervais podcast (Ricky Gervais) 8 David Mitchells SoapBox (channelflip.com) 9 Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me (Richard Herring) 10Stephen Frys Podgrams (Stephen Fry) Source: iTunes.com TOP 10 PODCASTS Sound&Lite DVD review TRUE BLOOD VAMPIRES integrate into society in this sassy and addictive drama, starring Anna Paquin as brilliantly named telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. (HBO, 39.99, cert 18) PAUL JOSEPH UN staff killed in their beds by Taliban index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html